Last (in our review series) but not least is the DVD of “Elvis By The Presleys” about the book and CD we had mixed, but overall positive feelings, so what about the DVD?
The cover is known by know, and everybody has his or her feelings with it. Especially the “Buddy Holly”-glasses were good for quite some remarks on the Internet. The “booklet” of the DVD is hardly to name so. It’s just a fold out with chapter titles and advertisements for recent success releases like 30 #1 Hits, 2nd To None and last year’s DVDs. The discs are just like the CDs, in the style of the before mentioned hit albums, gold and black.
The content is – not surprisingly – more or less the same as that of the book, but this time in interview form, decorated with pictures and some private (8mm) films. What catches the eye most is that Priscilla has nothing natural left. We’d rather get visibly old than artificial like she looks.
The format is still pretty good, honest stories (especially Lisa Marie made a much more positive impression than we expected) and rare footage (although not enough to our taste) mixed into something that will be attractive to both the hard-core fan and the casual buyer. There is not too much nonsense on the discs, and we account a slight form of Alzheimer for those flaws that are present (like Priscilla knowing Elvis from his first album with “Hound Dog” or Jerry Schilling describing how Elvis recorded “Indescribably Blue”).
The extras on disc two are more interesting to a lot of fans, since especially the karate-chapter is some highly anticipated material (it would have been interesting to see what this could have been if Elvis had finished it). Compared to simular releases by others from Elvis' entourage we get more content (especially footage wise) but in the same format.
Our conclusion: we rather have our man singing. This release is a nice addition to this series of releases, but probably not something you will watch too often. It’s time for a book/ CDs/ DVDs-series of “Elvis On Tour” (just to mention another highly anticipated project by the fans).